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What’s the Big Idea: 15 Writing Prompts

“What’s the Big Idea” previously appeared in the January 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest and includes 15 writing prompts + ideas for 15-minute brainstorming sessions.  Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premis...

Vintage WD: The First Hundred Words Are the Hardest

This article about the importance of the opening paragraph of your fiction writing first appeared in the October 1921 issue of The Writer’s Digest, as it was then known. It was written by Arthur Leeds. If you’re familiar with the curren...

3 Ways to Make Your Nonfiction Article Pitch Stand Out

Here are three ways to make your nonfiction article pitch stand out and find more success as a freelance writer for magazines, websites, and other media that uses shorter nonfiction writing from an editor who’s assigned articles in variou...

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Is Magical Realism a genre?

lewislewis said: ↑ That’s cool. I didn’t realize how important culture was to this genre, or tradition, whatever we’ll call it. Need to dig deeper into this stuff. Murakami is my only MR lover. Click to expand… I h...

Vintage WD: What Is the Writer’s Social Responsibility?

Today is Election Day in the United States and marks one year before the highly anticipated, already contentious 2020 presidential election. So, when we found this article from our January 1970 issue, and recognized its continued relevance,...

5 Thoughts on How to Use Place to Move Your Story Forward

Author Jane Bernstein shares five thoughts on how to use place to move your story forward by showing how setting affects characters and characters affect setting. So much rich material begins and evolves in the place where a story is set, a...

Why Outlining Is Writing

New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist S.C. Gwynne shares the secret to a high-quality nonfiction writing: spending time on an outline. One of the most common questions I am asked, and one of the most perplexing, is:...

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October Short Story Contest is OPEN!!!

Red Herring (4778) “Squad, we have a call from East Linden reporting a 10-16. If there are any patrols in the area please respond.” Peter was trained to come to life at the sound of the staticky voice on the radio. Dispatch said jump, h...

Building The Yellow House: An Interview With National Book Award Finalist Sarah M. Broom

The newly drained swampland that became New Orleans East touted a promising future when Sarah M. Broom’s mother bought their family’s shotgun house in 1961. “The Yellow House” became home to the family’s 12 children, as well as th...

6 Writing Group Best Practices: How to Lead a Successful Writers Group

Learn how to start and lead a successful writers group. In this post, John Peragine shares 6 writing group best practices, including limiting your group size, how to effectively share work, and more. Three years ago, at the first Writer’s...

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